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    Default Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    DS1 is turning 4 in May, and we are having a farm party!

    I will have about 2-3 hours on the Friday night to cook and prepare things for it, and about an hour Saturday to put things together ...

    While I'm an ok cook, I am not the farm animal decorated cake pops with tempered chocolate and coconut tuille kind either ...

    I'm more of the chocolate crackles, fairy bread and cob loaf dip style ...

    But I'm up for ideas!

    What will be easy and cheap enough to put together, will travel well (an hours drive or thereabouts), and will be happily devoured by 4yos and their folks?

    I'm making food for about 30 - some sweet, some savoury, budget is $50-100 (not including cake, which we'll grab from Costco for $27).

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    Default Re: Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    I think chocolate crackles & fairy bread are great. Just have farm animal decor.

    Different food for different animals?
    Mini lamb meatballs
    Pigs in blankets
    Milkshakes for cows

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    Default Re: Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    You can do lots with farm animal (or any animal) cookie cutters. Bikkies, fairy bread, sandwiches.

    You could also buy a cheap pack of farm animal plastic toys and stick them atop cupcakes etc and they'd double as party favours.

    Food platters arranged in the shape of animals (like a mosaic).

    Make a little farmyard scene- green paper or if you have it, a square of fake turf, make some fences or buy some from a $2 type shop, a few animals scattered among little cakes, biscuits etc.

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    Default Re: Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    Make your cob loaf dip a green one (spinach?) and put plastic ducks on it... Duck pond!

    Cut fairy bread shapes with animal cookie cutters.

    Put a plastic animal on to each chocolate crackle.

    Round, green iced cake, use pretzels (or candles) stuck in round the edges and a couple of ribbons tied around it for a fence, and put some plastic animals in for the birthday cake.

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    Default Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    Pigs in blankets. Little boys wrapped in puff or pizza dough.

    Bbq'd Corn on the Cobb staked with paddle pop sticks.

    Carrot/cucumber sticks in a cup with ranch dressing.

    All really easy. All can be made well in advance.


    Whatever food you make just come with farm like names for the dishes (you're good with that kinda stuff).

    Chicken bbq pizzas (you can use English muffins if you want).

    Make a trail mix (mixed cereal spiced) and put small amounts in cups or even mini brown paper bags (oh that would be cute) and call it chicken feed!

    Fruit kebobs.

    Puff pastry pinwheels. Ham & cheese, chicken & corn etc

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    Default Re: Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    Instead of chocolate crackles, make caramel crackles with noodles instead of puffed rice. That way they look like hay bales.
    Maybe white fairy floss to make sheep??
    Or how about choc cupcakes with white choc patches? (cow cakes )

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    Awesome ideas! Thanks!

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    farm.jpg



    I saw these on pintrest.....



    You could play pin the tail on the cow or pig.

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    And these ones are a lot easier looking....


    piggies.jpg

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    Default Re: Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    You can use popcorn for sheep too. I have Donna hays farm party thingo if you want me to send you the pics/recipes.

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    Grass. Hay. Kitchen scraps. For the authentic farm experience!

    Mini pizzas? Mini quiches?

    Things that can be made ahead and frozen?

    If you have a BBQ where you're going you could do bacon & egg rolls (or sausages) with some more gourmet condiments

    Scones with jam and cream (very farm lady!)

    I went to a kids party lately and there were delicious little sandwiches for the adults and a fruit platter, and it was plenty

    You don't need endless variety - I see people getting so stressed out because they are just trying to do too much at parties

    Ice cream cones with sprinkles/smarties etc

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    Default Re: Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    Mums grapevine com au has an article up today about farmyard party food and decorations.

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    Default Re: Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    Thanks!

    I'm liking the ideas of doing some little cups of chocolate mousse, and calling them mud

    The pigs look like they'd take a fair bit of time (I've never used fondant let along done the colouring etc) but I reckon I could just pop a pink marshmallow in it and call it a pig ...

    Loving the pigs in blankets idea too, and easy enough to do some fancypants sandwiches for the grown ups.

    Popcorn sheep sounds good too. air popped and a little salt should be ok ... ?

    The opposite end of the scale would be a bit more money but a lot easier - a few big platters from Costco. They have a chicken drummettes with ranch sauce, platters of wraps and sandwiches, and maybe a big platter of antipasto for adults (or just for me .... ).

    And the cake of course!

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    Default Re: Cheap easy recipes for 4yo farm party

    Just seen in Facebook a post from 'mums grapevine' all about farm party. Either look it up or I can send you the link via PM

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    Thanks! Someone just sent that to me


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